Long Reach to be television show topic

June 25, 2006

The Long Reach village will be featured next month in the Columbia Association's television show, Columbia Matters.

The show is the fifth in a bimonthly series highlighting the features, history and people of Columbia's 10 villages. Host Barbara Kellner's guests will be village board members Karen Hitcho and Nina Basu.

The show also will feature a discussion on governance changes with Tom O'Connor and Patrick von Schlag of the association's board.

Columbia Matters airs on Howard Community college's station, cable channel 71 at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 410-715-3120.

Library offering summer programs

The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering "Market Tales," a program of stories with summer themes, songs and a craft for children to age 5 (children to age 3 must be accompanied by an adult) at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 31 and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 31.

The program will be held while the farmers' market is in the library parking lot. Tickets will be distributed at the children's desk a half-hour before each event.

"Anyone's Guess," a mystery game for children ages 7 to 10, will be held at the library at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. A "Mystery Book-nic," a picnic with a mystery story for ages 6 to 8, is scheduled for noon Wednesday. Participants should take a lunch; a drink and dessert will be provided. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7730.

Teen center plans CPR classes July 22

The Columbia Teen Center, at The Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, will offer the Heartsaver Adult/Infant/Child cardiopulmonary resuscitation class, for teenagers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22. Parents are also welcome to enroll.

The American Heart Association class in life-saving techniques costs $60 for Columbia residents; $72 for nonresidents. A two-year American Heart Association card will be awarded to those who successfully complete a written test.

Registration is required. Information or registration: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Military

Receives award -- Army ROTC Cadet Phillip I. Niles, son of Earl D. and Eileen C. Niles of Long Reach, has received the George C. Marshall Award during a ceremony at the Marshall Center in Lexington, Va. The award is named in honor of Gen. George C. Marshall, who served in World War II as Army chief of staff and later as secretary of state and secretary of defense. A student at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Niles is a 2000 graduate of Long Reach High School.

Around Town

Bible school -- Christ United Methodist Church, which meets at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, is offering vacation Bible school from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. today through Thursday. The theme is "Fiesta: Where Kids Are Fired Up About Jesus." 410-381- 6329.

Bridge -- A drop-in bridge program is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. A 30-minute lecture is included. Players at all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. 410- 290-5430.

At Long Reach -- Long Reach Community Association is offering "Top Dogg" martial arts classes through Aug. 1. A class for tots is offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; a class for children ages 7 and older and adults is to be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost for the eight-week class is $169. Cardio-kickboxing for ages 16 and older is offered from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $189 ($220 for couples). A 5 percent discount is available for those living on Columbia Association-assessed property.

The association is offering "Stepping Out," a class in positive styles, attitudes, behaviors, manners and self-confidence, for boys and girls ages 8 to 13, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through July 22, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $150. 410- 730-8113.

Free concerts -- Free Monday night concerts at Lake Elkhorn are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. July 10. Slim Harrison & Sunnyland Music will perform. The Dixie Power Trio will play New Orleans jazz July 17, and Walt Michael will entertain with American music and its roots July 24. A performance by the Kinderman is scheduled for July 31. The concerts will be held at the band shell at the spillway. In case of inclement weather, the shows will be held in the pavilion at the lake. Kings Contrivance, Long Reach, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown are concert sponsors. 410-730-4610.

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